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Ohio battles human trafficking and helps victims recover

Human trafficking – the illegal trade of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor – is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises worldwide. Every year, an estimated 1,078 Ohio children are victims of human trafficking, and another 3,016 Ohio children are at-risk of being victims of human trafficking. The most common age in Ohio for youth to become victims of child sex trafficking? Thirteen.

AFRAID. INTIMIDATED. TRAPPED. Children and adults are vulnerable to predators that give them the impression that they are safe. Victims are then manipulated, threatened and abused. Visit www.polarisproject.org to find out how to make it stop. Use these fact sheets to learn how to recognize human trafficking victims, report the issue and/or direct a victim to treatment and support.

Fact sheet about sex trafficking.
Fact sheet about labor trafficking.

During 2012, Governor John R. Kasich recognized the growing impact Human Trafficking had on Ohio citizens, both adults and children. By Executive Order on March 29, 2012, he created the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force to coordinate statewide efforts to identify and rescue victims, create a coordinated law enforcement system to investigate and prosecute these crimes, and to provide the services and treatment necessary for victims to regain control of their lives. The task force works hand-in-hand with Attorney General Mike DeWine's Human Trafficking Commission and is comprised of several state agencies, including the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Read the June 2012 recommendations of the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force to learn more about the effort. Executive Order 2012-06K is included at the end of the document.

Sep. 9, 2013 letter from OhioMHAS Director Tracy J. Plouck

 

Contacts

Ohio Department of
Public Safety

Elizabeth Ranade Janis
Anti-Trafficking Coordinator
Office of Criminal
Justice Services
(614) 995-7986

To report a trafficking tip, call  the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888, a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Resources and Trainings

Public Awareness Campaign

Details of the campaign can be found here: HumanTrafficking.Ohio.Gov
Press Release
Ohio’s Tragic Reality Awareness Campaign Materials
Human Trafficking Toolkit

Assessment Tools

This assessment tool was created in response to Recommendation #4 from Governor John R. Kasich’s Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force: "To develop a standardized screening process for victims of human trafficking to be used by state agencies providing direct services."

Human Trafficking Screening Tool - June 2013 

The following two assessment tools were created in response to Recommendation #3 from the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. The recommendation calls for revising basic competencies for professionals working with human trafficking victims. Organizations that contributed to developing these tools include the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition.

Is Your Work Trauma Informed?
This is a self-assessment tool for providers and advocates.

Clinician Self-Assessment Tool
This tool identifies areas of core competencies for professionals working with people who have experienced human trafficking and/or domestic and sexual violence.

Training

Oct. 21, 2013 Human Trafficking Law Training
The Ohio State Bar Association, in partnership with The Salvation Army and Ohio's Anti-Trafficking Coalitions,presented a one day training on human trafficking and the law for attorneys, social workers and other interested parties. It was held in Columbus and videostreamed live in Akron, Perrysburg, Fairfield, Dayton and Cleveland. The Honorable Paul Herbert explained CATCH Court ("Changing Actions to Change Habits") and how this program has helped many victims of this crime. Survivors discussed their personal experiences. For more information, contact Michelle Hannan, Director of Professional and Community Services at the Salvation Army, (614) 221-1896.

Sept. 10, 2013 webinar: Child Trafficking, Girls and Detention: A Call to Reform
Linda Rosen, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency, powerpoint slides
Presenter biographies